If you like leadership, then you have to admire former Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice.

Last night while listening to her speech, I was reminded of two important principles.

First, “You cannot control your circumstances, but you can control your response to your circumstances.”

And second, “Self-esteem comes from achievement, not from low¬†standards and false praise.”¬†

This from a woman who was refused the right to eat a hamburger at the lunch counter of her local drugstore while growing up in Birmingham, because she was the wrong color.

The point of this blog today is not to be political or to make a statement about race, for that matter.

With that said, I personally admire a woman who made the choice to rise above her circumstances and become a great leader.

While you might not be facing prejudice and racism, I suspect you do have some circumstances you would like to change.

If so, why not choose to respond with love and achieve something big today?

You have what it takes to be great. If Condoleezza can do it, believe me, you can too — She reminded us of that last night.



Who do you know who has risen above their circumstances?